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Overview | Accounting CPA

Maranatha’s Accounting degree offers you a world of opportunities beyond the job market. Besides making you profoundly employable, it enables you to help your local church with budgeting and internal accounting systems. This degree can also grant you entry into restricted-access countries, allowing you to share your faith more freely than typical missionaries can.

MBU graduates consistently score above the national average on the CPA exam. Maranatha has an outstanding faculty, qualified and eager to prepare you for success in the accounting industry.

The CPA-track major provides all the courses, content, and credits to meet the state board requirements for CPA licensure in an undergraduate degree.


Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of accounting terminology and concepts.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to solve accounting problems.
  • Students will demonstrate skill in written and oral communication.
  • Students will demonstrate expertise in using technology.
  • Students will demonstrate Christian character and application of Biblical principles.
  • Students will gain employment or pursue graduate education in accounting or a related field.

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

Introduction to Business & Management (3)
Computer Applications (3)
Principles of Accounting 1 (3)
Old Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 1 (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Principles of Accounting 2 (3)
New Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 2 (3)
Probability and Statistics (3)
Music Elective (2)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 1

Principles of Marketing (3)
Principles of Management (3)
Macroeconomics (3)
The Modern World (3)
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
Literature Elective (3)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 2

Business Communication (3)
Microeconomics (3)
Calculus 1* (5)
Baptist Heritage (3)
American Studies Elective^ (3)
Bible Elective^ (3)
Science Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17/18


*Communication & Analytical Component
^Organizational Leadership Concentration

Semester 1

Intermediate Accounting 1 (3)
Business Law 1 (3)
Federal Taxation 1 (3)
Accounting/Business Elective (3)
Managerial Cost Accounting (3)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 2

Intermediate Accounting 2 (3)
Accounting Information Systems (3)
Personal Financial Planning or
     Accounting/Business Elective (3)
Theories & Models of Leadership^ (3)
Component Elective* (3)
Accounting/Business Elective (3)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

Total Credits: 18


*Communication & Analytical Component
^Organizational Leadership Concentration

Semester 1

Business Strategy (3)
Business Finance (3)
Auditing (3)
Data Analytics (3)
Federal Taxation 2 or Accounting/Business Elective (3)
Organizational Behavior^ (3)
Bible Elective* (3)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 2

Business Capstone & Entrepreneuership (3)
Government & Not-for-profit Accounting or
     Accounting/Business Elective (3)
Advanced Accounting or Accounting/Business Elective (3)
Accounting/Business Elective (3)
Organizational Communication^ (3)
Component Elective* (2)

Total Credits: 14/15


*Communication & Analytical Component
^Organizational Leadership Concentration

Semester 1

Accounting/Business Elective (3)
Theological & Historical Foundations of Leadership^ (3)
Bible Elective (3)
American Studies Elective* (3)
Open Elective (5)
Open Elective* (2)

Total Credits: 14/16

Alumni Spotlight

Rachel & Thomas Woodby 
Rachel (Downs) Woodby (’12) graduated with her Accounting CPA degree and began work as an audit associate at Side Bailly, LLP in Bismark, ND, soon after she passed her CPA exam. “At Maranatha, I learned professionalism demonstrated by there faculty, a good work ethic gained from all those course requirements, and leadership skill learned both in the dorm and the classroom,” she said. Ride Bailly, LLP made an offer to Woodby’s husband, Thomas (’14), as well, allowing husband and wife to work together.

Jon McKeever
Jon McKeever (’17) studied Accounting (CPA) and following graduation, he started working as an assurance associate at RSM US LLP where he is currently an Assurance Supervisor. Jon shares, “After my first review for my first engagement, my supervisor highly praised my accounting knowledge and mentioned that my education must have been top notch based on my performance.” He credits this praise to the professors at MBU. “I am thankful to God for the impact, both in the classroom and out, that my professors have had on my life.” In the Fall of 2019, Jon passed his CPA exams and became licensed after his first attempt.

Kyle Kutz  
After Kyle Kutz (’15) completed the Accounting (CPA) program at MBU, he landed a job in Atlanta with Pathstone Federal Street, preparing taxes for high-net-worth families and their businesses. Kyle earned his CPA certification, and God led him next to Ronald Blue Trust to work as an estate and trust administration specialist and financial planner. “Our company mission is ‘to help Christians become financially free to better assist in fulfilling the Great Commission.’ It’s a privilege to help clients leave a lasting legacy that can impact generations.”

Related Majors

Accounting Management
Business Management
Digital Media Marketing

Related Minors

Accounting Management
Business Management
Marketing Management
Digital Media Communications
Organizational Leadership

Potential Career Fields

Certified Public Accountant
Certified Management Accountant
Forensic accountant
Financial analyst
Tax consultant
Financial planner
Budget analyst
Chief financial officer

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

MBU Program Faculty

Tracy Foster

School of Business | Dean
DBA, Walden University
MBA, Syracuse University
BS, Montana State University

Jeff Drost

School of Business | Professor
PHD, Regent University
BM, Graduate School of Banking, University of Madison
BS Business Management, Cardinal Stritch University

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